Synopses & Reviews
What should we teach our children about where we come from?
Is evolution good science? Is it a lie? Is it incompatible with faith?
Did Charles Darwin really say man came from monkeys? Have scientists really detected intelligent design — evidence of a creator — in nature?
What happens when a town school board decides to confront such questions head-on, thrusting its students, then an entire community, onto the front lines of America's culture wars?
From bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes comes a dramatic story of faith, science, and courage unlike any since the famous Scopes Monkey Trial. Monkey Girl takes you behind the scenes of the recent war on evolution in Dover, Pennsylvania, the epic court case on teaching intelligent design it spawned, and the national struggle over what Americans believe about human origins.
Told from the perspectives of all sides of the battle, Monkey Girl is about what happens when science and religion collide.
"An illuminating blend of science, religion and politics." Kirkus Reviews
"Humes is a good storyteller, and Monkey Girl (the title refers to the epithet schoolmates hurled at the daughter of one of the board's opponents) is full of vivid descriptions and interesting facts." Los Angeles Times
"Humes...may be the most successful so far in making a complicated issue accessible and in putting human faces on both sides of the evolution divide." Chicago Tribune
"A must read for anyone who cares about science, education, and liberty." Michael Shermer, author of Why Darwin Matters
A detailed examination of the contentious debate between evolution and intelligent design teaching systems challenging American public education today chronicles a Pennsylvania school's decision to mandate the teaching of a blend of both and the intense culture war that ensued. 35,000 first printing.
About the Author
Edward Humes is the author of eight critically acclaimed nonfiction books, including Mississippi Mud, School of Dreams, and Over Here. A recipient of a Pulitzer Prize and a PEN Award, Humes lives in California.